Join us on September 22, 2016
Józef Piłsudski's Municipal Stadium of Legia Warsaw
The event commences at 9:30 AM

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Witold Bańka MINISTER OF SPORT AND TOURISM

Born on 3 October 1984 in Tychy. He graduated from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Silesia in Katowice with a degree in political science. As an athlete, he was many times a member of the Polish national team in the 400m race. He was twice a silver medallist in the Polish Athletics Junior Championships in 2005 and 2006; a gold medallist in 4×400 metre relay in the 2005 European Athletics Junior Championships in Erfurt; a gold and silver medallist in the Summer Universiade in Bangkok (2007) and Belgrade (2009), respectively. In 2007 he won a bronze medal in the World Athletics Championships in Osaka. In 2008 he received the Mayor of Tychy’s award for merit in sport and culture. In 2009, he was the youngest ever delegate to the reporting and electoral assembly of the Polish Athletics Association, where he represented the Silesian Athletics Association.

In 2012 he officially ended his sports career. He became active in the public relations sector and delivered training courses in media relations and image management; he cooperated with leading Polish companies on advertising production creation and PR strategy building.

On 16 November 2015 he was appointed Minister of Sport and Tourism in the government of Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

He still practises sport, for example, he runs marathons.

 

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Dariusz Mioduski Member of the Executive Board European Club Association (ECA)

Investor and manager with extensive transactional, legal and regulatory experience, particularly in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and project finance in energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors.

Currently, Dariusz Mioduski is the CEO of Radwan Investments, his “family office” investment holding company. Radwan Investments was established in 2009 and focuses on creating of deals and investment opportunities particularly in the areas of infrastructure, IT services and hi-tech. He is also the majority owner and Chairman of Legia Warszawa football club.
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In years 2007-2013 he was the CEO and President of the Board of Kulczyk Investments, the largest capital group in Poland, focused on energy, natural resources and infrastructure. Between 1997-2007 he was a Partner at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP responsible for energy and infrastructure practice in Poland. Between 1991-1997 he was an associate in the New York and Warsaw offices of White & Case LLP and Vinson & Elkins LLP office in Houston.

Dariusz Mioduski is a member of the Executive Board of ECA – European Club Association representing the interests of Europe’s biggest football clubs, the Vice President of the Polish Business Roundtable, the Board Member of the Harvard Law School Dean’s Advisory Board and the Vice President of the Harvard Club of Poland. He also serves as a member of a Management or Supervisory Boards’ of companies associated with his investment activities.

Dariusz Mioduski holds Juris Doctor degree (1990) from Harvard Law School and Bachelor of Arts degree (1987) from the University of St. Thomas in Houston.

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Michele Centenaro EUROPEAN CLUB ASSOCIATION (ECA) GENERAL SECRETARY

Michele Centenaro is the General Secretary at the European Club Association (ECA). He started his professional career in the sports industry at the Italian sporting goods manufacturer Diadora Spa where he eventually held the position of Worldwide Director Sponsorship & Communication.

He then joined the European football governing body UEFA as Head of Club Competitions where he was notably responsible for the development of UEFA’s prime club competitions, such as the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup, today known as the UEFA Europa League. His strong connections to and deep knowledge of European club football have allowed him to take up the role of General Secretary of the newly-established European Club Association (ECA) in 2008. Based in Nyon, Switzerland, the 220 member-strong European Club Association is the sole, independent body directly representing football clubs at European level. It exists to directly represent football clubs and safeguard and promote their interests on European club football matters.

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Olivier Jarosz Senior Manager European Club Association (ECA)

Olivier Jarosz is a Senior Manager at the European Club Association (ECA), where he liaises on a daily basis with some of the top football club executives in Europe.He is currently in charge of the newly created Club Management Programme (CMP), a bespoke education programme specifically designed for top club executives. The CMP is aimed at strengthening the knowledge of ECA Member Clubs in all areas of club management. Amongst his responsibilities he counts the production of publications on European Football, especially those to do with ECA Member clubs (Club Management Guide, Youth Report, Women’s Club Analysis). Furthermore, he is an expert on all things to do with Central-Eastern European football, and assists clubs in the area of performance management. He graduated with a degree in European Affairs and Economics from the University of Geneva (Switzerland) as well as studying at the Catholic University of Paris (France) and Sherbrooke University (Canada).

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Zbigniew Boniek President of the Board of Polish FA

Zbigniew Boniek was born on 3 March 1958 in Bydgoszcz. Boniek is a former Polish footballer and coach. He first played at Zawisza Bydgoszcz and later at Widzew Łódź. Boniek was named by Pelé as one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers and by FIFA as one of the 100 best-ever players. On 12 October 2009 he received a Golden Foot career award.

Boniek was transferred to Italian football giants Juventus in 1982. That same year he won a bronze medal (third place) as part of the Polish team at the 1982 FIFA World Cup. With Juventus he won the Cup Winners’ Cup and the European Super Cup in 1984 (scoring in the final of the former) and the European Cup in 1985.

Boniek represented Poland in 80 internationals and scored 24 goals. After finishing his professional career at A.S. Roma in 1988 he had a successful business career. As a player, Boniek was known for his blistering pace and acceleration. He was one of the best dribblers of his time and also displayed superb technique. The Juventus president Gianni Agnelli nicknamed him Bello di notte („Beauty at night”) because of his performance at evening matches.

Boniek has served as vice-president of the Polish Football Association, and in July 2002 he became the head coach of Poland. On 26 October 2012, he became the chairman of the Polish Football Association.

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Maciej Sawicki SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE POLISH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

Since November 2012, he has been acting as a Secretary General of the Polish Football Association. His professional roots are tied with football, as he played in junior U-16 and U-21Polish National Teams in numerous games. After his sports career came to an end, he took managerial positions in various organizations. He holds MA and MBA of Warsaw University and University of Illinois. A graduate of Harvard Business School, where he successfully completed the „Program for Leadership Development”, a course addressed to the management staff. In addition, he graduated from the Executive Master in European Sport Governance.

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Dariusz Marzec President of the Management Board, Ekstraklasa SA

Dariusz Marzec, 38, is a graduate of the Cracow University of Economics, SPWS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw and Münster University of Applied Sciences, Germany. He comes from Stalowa Wola and he used to be a sports professional in the past. In 1990-1996 he played in the 1-st League Stal Stalowa Wola Basketball Team.

His career involved managing of sales and marketing departments in huge corporations, including, in particular L’Oreal (2002-2011). Moreover, he was hired as a Country Manager in Monster Energy, Poland (2011-2013). Since October 2014, Dariusz Marzec has been acting as a Managing Director of Legia Warsaw Football Club, in charge of marketing and sales management.

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Marcin Animucki VICE PRESIDENT OF EKSTRAKLASA SA

Since March 2012, he has been holding the position of Vice President of Ekstraklasa SA. Since January 2009, he has been a Member of the Management Board of the Polish Football Association. In 2008 – 2012, he was the President of RTS Widzew Łódź football club. A graduate of Faculty of Law and Administration, Warsaw University, a PhD candidate in the Committee of World Economy, Warsaw School of Economics. His responsibilities within Ekstraklasa SA comprise management of strategic process related to media contracts, sales of broadcasting rights, Convenient Stadiums of Ekstraklasa project as well as collaboration with governmental agencies and local authorities.

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Marcin Diakonowicz

PARTNER, DELOITTE POLAND

A Leader of the Specialist Team, providing complex consulting services to the sports industry – Sports Business Group Deloitte Poland.

Deloitte delivers advisory services (including tax and legal advisory, consulting, strategic advisory), covering the following:
– planning and managing international sports events,
– planning, building and managing sports facilities and stadiums,
– drawing up the ticket policy,
– building the sponsoring strategy,
– CSR.

Deloitte customers encompass commercial organizations, sports clubs and associations as well as local government units and state agencies.

A co-author of a periodical Deloitte report on revenues gained by Polish football clubs associated within Ekstraklasa, named “Football Financial Leagues” (a release based on global practices of Deloitte UK, „Football Money League” report and „Annual Review of Football Finance”).

An author of publications on sports industry, covering various disciplines and fields (e.g. football, volleyball, handball, fitness) and a reputable analyst of current sports events.

Deloitte is a business advisor to the Polish Volleyball Association and the Polish Olympic Committee.

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Jesper Joergensen Deloitte Partner, Denmark

Jesper has for the last 20 year been advicing Clubs, Leagues and the Danish FA on strategic and commercial issues including mergers of clubs, developing license system, transfer system, broadcast deals and League structure. Jesper has for the last 12 years been chairman of the Danish License Committee.

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Martijn van Rensch Partner Deloitte, The Netherlands

A Partner in the Consulting Department. His areas of expertise comprise consumer, media and sports industries.

He has been holding 15 years+ of experience in managing programs and a change of leadership competences and business transformation, with a particular focus on complex change-related issues, including an implementation of the strategy, efficient cooperation and optimization of the organizational structure.

His professional attitude means a transparent leadership vision, change management and identification of goals as well as energy and enthusiasm. Martijn has been acting as a strategic consultant and advisor to CEOs of numerous organizations and individuals in charge of management.

Business transformation projects he has been managing and responsible for, have a strategic meaning and are addressed to a large number of stakeholders.

See the selected projects from the sports industry he has been involved in:
– PSV Eindhoven (one of the three best-recognized Dutch football clubs) – Strategy 2020; employee evaluation cycle, position assessment, rewards and lifestyle benefits, changes in the organizational culture and strategic advisory services (sports industry);
– KNVB (The Royal Dutch Football Association) – further enhancement of the KNVB knowledge center, particularly covering the KNVB Academy. Establishing of the center, aimed at improving standards of knowledge sharing and promoting of innovative solutions;
– a pilot business maturity development program for football – drawing up the methodology for stimulation of business maturity in football as well as providing data analysis (PSV, AZ, sc Heerenveen and Willem II).

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Arno Hermans Sport eXperience founder

My love for sports comes down to soccer and volleyball. As captain of the regional volleyball team, we became the Dutch champion in 1996. As an engineer, I’ve gotten the opportunity to discover different technologies in different sectors, and be involved in multiple sectors as well as setting up a Sports Engineering department. During the years, I grew up with the energy of Startups. When you make that combination; sports, technology and Startups, there’s an accelerator born. By interviewing 100 stakeholders in 2015, I got the confirmation that The Netherlands was ready for a Sports Accelerator. And Sport eXperience is the result.

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Ben Lyttleton CONSULTANT SOCCERNOMICS AND JOURNALIST

Author of many publications among others he has written for The Guardian, FIFA Weekly, Sports Illustrated and TIME International, among others. He is a regular pundit on CNN and BBC Radio, and has been Bloomberg TV’s on-air football analyst. His book, ‘Twelve Yards: The Art and Psychology of the Perfect Penalty’ has been published in six countries and was described by former France and Liverpool coach Gerard Houllier as “proof that the penalty shoot-out is not a lottery.” He is a founder and director of Soccernomics, the football consultancy, which works with clubs and national federations to improve performances.

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Hugo Schoukens Founder and CEO of Double PASS

Founder and CEO of Double PASS (Talent Development systems and solutions since 2004)
Author: How to run an Academy (Scoren met Jeugd)?
MBA Sports Management University of Leicester
Former Branch Banker
Former Scout, Coach and Academy Director at the Belgian Football Federation, RSC Anderlecht and RWDM (FC Brussels).

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Bartosz Ciołkowski Country Manager Poland at MasterCard Europe

In January 2014 Bartosz Ciołkowski was appointed Country Manager at MasterCard Europe (Branch Office Poland). Prior to this role, as Head of Sales, he managed the sales team and was responsible for growing MasterCard’s business in Poland.

Bartosz Ciołkowski began his career at BZ WBK Bank. Before joining MasterCard he worked at Bank Pekao SA, supervising the operations of the Card Business Development Department. He joined MasterCard in 2005 as Account Manager. In 2007 he assumed Product Sales Specialist position to develop credit cards products business in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Ukraine. In 2009 he took a responsibility to grow business of MasterCard® Advisors in the Central and Eastern European countries, implementing over 50 projects in the field of payments products profitability optimization, innovative products development as well as loyalty programs and co-branding projects development.

Bartosz Ciołkowski is a graduate of Faculty of Economics at University of Economics in Poznan with a specialization in the field of economic policy and strategy.

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Manuel Rougeron President & CEO nc+ platform

President & CEO on nc+ platform since 2015. He has over 17 years of experience in the media and is one of the most experienced managers in CANAL +. His skills and knowledge were used in group activities conducted in different countries.

He started his professional career in 1995 in Unifrance Film International. In 1998 he was a member of the Organizing Committee of the football World Cup in France, and a year later entered the TPS Programme board. In 2003, he became President of MULTIVISION / TPSVOD.

Since January 2007 he joined Canal + Overseas as a channels and programming cooperations manager. In 2009 he became an executive director in VSTV (CANAL + Overseas representative office in Vietnam). From 1 June 2012, he was Managing Director of CANAL + Caledonia.

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RICHARD GROOTSCHOLTEN Academy Director, Feyenoord Rotterdam

Pro­License coach with over 30 years of experience working with all ages. Richard is currently the Academy Director of one of the leading football development centres in the world; Feyenoord Rotterdam.

Has created and implemented academy-wide, club-wide and country-wide youth development systems and has extensive experience of all aspects of Club and Youth Academy Operations and Management.

Successfully ran the award-winning academy of Sparta Rotterdam, one of the most important youth development centres in The Netherlands which has helped to develop dozens of top Dutch football players including Memphis Depay, Kevin Strootman and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Richard also has experience in leading academy projects in countries / leagues with strong but as of yet unfulfilled football potential (Vancouver Whitecaps in Canada / MLS, KGHM Zagłebie Lubin in Poland).

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Jacek Kurski President of the Management Board of Telewizja Polska S.A.

Jacek Kurski – born on February 22, 1966 in Gdańsk. A Polish journalist and a former politician, holding the degree in economics.
On January 8, 2016, upon the decision of the Minister of State Treasury, he was nominated as the President of the Management Board of Telewizja Polska. From November 20, 2015 until January 7, 2016, as Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, he was in charge of operations meant to protect the copyright and related rights: press rights protection.
In 2009 – 2014 he was the MP in the European Parliament of the VII term of office. The first Chairman of EFD Europe for Freedom and Democracy. From 2005 to 2009, the MP in the Polish Sejm, V and VI terms of office. He held the position of the Deputy Chairman in the State Treasury Committee and the Member of the Culture and Mass Media Commission.
In 2002- 2005 he was a Deputy Chairman in the Regional Assembly of Pomorskie Province and, earlier on, in 1998-2001, he worked as a Deputy Chairman in the Pomorskie Province Government, as a Vice Marshall of the Province, responsible for culture units.
From 1994 until 1998 he conducted Jacek-FILM, an advertising and broadcasting agency.
In 1993 he released the book entitled „Lewy czerwcowy” (The June Left-Handed Punch), written in cooperation with Piotre Semka, containing the list of interviews with politicians associated with the government headed by Jan Olszewski, covering off-the-record issues referring to the cabinet dismissal back in June 1992. A year later, he produced the movie named „Nocna zmiana” (The Night Shift], elaborating on the same plot.
In 1991-1994 he collaborated with Telewizja Polska. He and Piotr Semka hosted „Reflex”,
a program on TVP1, and „Lewiatan”, along with Wiesław Walendziak. In addditon, he was a co-author of „Sprawa dla reportera” (The Reporter’s Case), a program of Elżbieta Jaworowicz, and was
a founder and host of the „Rozmowy karcianego stołu” (Talks at the Card Table) cycle.
In the turn of 1980 and 1990 he was publishing articles in the independent and right-wing press, including “Tygodnik Solidarność” weekly. He was a freelancer working for the DPA Agency, a Gdańsk correspondent of the Polish BBC Section and the newscaster in the underground radio „Solidarność”. A participant of strikes in 1988.
In private, he is a football lover. In 1998-2002 he was the CEO of the Lechia Gdańsk Football Center. In 2001 he was awarded a Badge for The Distinguished Cultural Activist.

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Piotr Rutkowski Vice-Chairman of the Board of Lech Poznań

Graduated International Business Economics at the Maastricht University in the Netherlands and international business at the University of Economics in Poznan. He joined KKS Lech Poznan SA in 2006, where he created from scratch on the Scouting Department. Since 2012 he is Vice President of the Club and is responsible for managing the Football Department. His main goal at the Club is to implement the club strategy with its most important pillars, the Academy – preparing homegrown players for the 1st team, and the Scouting Department with its transfer policy.

Member of the Supervisory Board of Amica S.A.

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Nicolaas Westerhof Beyond Sports

I worked as a video analist at AFC Ajax for 2.5 years before joining the Beyond Sports team. At Beyond Sports, Nicolaas is responsible for the implementation of the Beyond Sports program in the everyday training of the different football clubs and teams that use it today. Being out in the field, he learns about the optimal way for professional coaches to analyze games and for athletes to train their decision making skills using the new powerful medium of VR.

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Sander J. Schouten Beyond Sports

‘EK88: my first impression of what a major sports event could be like. It changed my life. The Netherlands won their first and only cup. That moment created my ambition to do something within the sports industry. Something meaningful and something that would make me part of the industry as a whole, to be able to change it for the better.

Well diversified and with a broad ambition to make things better, that is how Sander would describe himself. He started of as account manager at a major media production firm and soon climbed in his role and landed the position of Business development manager.

Soon after that he became commercial director. After that formative period his path took a sudden turn and changed for the better of an industry. It lead him through technology company Triple as sales director, and into the future of sports. This is how Beyond Sports was born and this is how it is aiming to revolutionize the sports industry. Through technology into the next era: into the future.

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Mark Snijders Beyond Sports

Mark Snijders is a former football player. He played in his hometown for AZ Alkmaar and spent three years playing in the Football League with Port Vale. After his football career Mark started to work for AZ Alkmaar as a commercial manager. In this period he found out that he had the competencies to evolve creative ideas and realize them with his commercial skills.

Mark is a multi entrepreneur who founded several companies in sportsmedia and he also founded an exclusive gentlemen’s society. In February 2016 Mark joined the Beyond Sports team to win the World Cup. With his creative commercial ideas and his network in football he has the goal to enlarge the Beyond Sports family with new clubs, players, brand-ambassadors, scientists and colleagues who all believe in this great VR solution for professional sportclubs.

‘To improve athletes, clubs and especially football players’, feels really good.

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Ziemowit Ryś Expert in the field of sports innovation

Born in 1986 in Cracow, former athlete, sprinter specialized in 400 metres, multimodal holder from Polish Championships of all age categories, silver medal winner from U18 in Sherbrooke, Canada and bronze medal winner from U20 Europe Championships in Kowno, where he was chosen to act as the captain of the Polish Representation.

He started his professional career in 2008 in the B2B sales department of the Plus network, later he managed sales teams and marketing and promotion for brands like Play, Enea, PGE. From November 2015 he acts as a Special Adviser to the Minister of Sport and Tourism.

He is a sport aficionado, especially interested in the psychological effects of the competition. Also interested in new technologies, he is an e- sport industry analytic especially in comparison to the classical meaning of the term.

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Michał Szaniawski Vice-Chair of the ARP S.A.

Graduate of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium (European Masters in Public Administration) and the University of Warsaw (Administration). He was also awarded a scholarship to the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien from the Minister of Education, Science and Culture of the Republic of Austria. He has over 13 years of experience in the area of European funds.

In previous years he worked in the Consulting Plus Sp. z o.o., where he headed projects connected to the European funds and acted as a Chairman of the Board. He created the series of TEKLA PLUS projects which promoted a cooperation between small and middle- sized enterprises and the R&D sector. The projects where implemented in cooperation with major research centres and educational institutions in Poland. He is also a co- founder of fundujesz.pl- the first Polish digital crowdfunding platform, dedicated to the funding of social initiatives.

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Jacek Bednarz Chairman of the Board of Ekstraklasa SA

He comes from Silesia. During his football career he was associated with Ruch Chorzów, Legia Warszawa, in the period when the Club was playing in the Champions League and Pogoń Szczecin, where he finished his active career after the season 2001/2002. In 2012 he became the V-ce Chairman of the Board of Wisła Kraków and later on, the Chairman of the Board. From 2014 until June 2016 he acted as a proxy of the Board for Ruch Chorzów SA. On July 1st 2016 he was nominated to the Board of Ekstraklasa SA, where he is responsible for the development of football academies, youth development programs in the Ekstraklasa clubs and the cooperation with stakeholders and the clubs of professional football league. He has a law degree.

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Mateusz Dróżdż Zagłębie Lubin

Legal counsel, researcher scientist, including Lazarski University (Department of Economic Law). Also, lecturer on International Legal Studies in Salzburg and on postgraduate studies in the field of sports infrastructure management and on affiliated English-language studies organized by Coventry University. He teaches following subjects – Commercial Law, Safety and organization of mass events (in Polish), International Business Law, Commercial Law and Corporate Law (in English). He is a chairman of the Supervisory Board of Cuprum-Med LLC (spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością) and Zagłębie Lubin J.S.

He completed courses at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Universitat Salzburg, Center for International Legal Skills in Salzburg and the Cambridge School of English. He is a member of the Permanent Group of Experts Sports Events Security Council at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. He is also a member of the International Sport at Staffordshire University and Thompson Rivers University. Former member of the parliamentary committees and subcommittees for the changes to the Law On Mass Events Security. He created of one of the draft of the amendments to Law On Mass Events Security. Author of the commentary to Law On Mass Events Security, legal opinions, evaluations and recommendations in the field of security and organization of mass events. Author of recommendations for the safety of organizing the artistic-mass events or the non-mass events organized by universities or student government or academic circle or other student organization.

Author of numerous publications in Polish and English in, inter alia, Rzeczpospolita, Gazeta Prawna, The Warsaw Voice, Education Law, Judicial Review, Monthly Lawyer and for instance The Global Legal Post. In 2012 r. he was co-author of the international report – Doing Business published by World Bank Group.

Speaker at numerous scientific conferences organized, inter alia, in Poland and foreign countries.